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Duck Decoy Fix: 4 Diver-Rig Switchouts

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Nov. 12, 2016, on Realtree.com. On the surface, decoy rigs for diving ducks can be simple: Throw out as many highly visible blocks as you can safely carry in your boat or lug to shoreline spots. But nothing is that easy. And actually, rigging...


Delta Waterfowl Video: What Really Drives Duck Numbers?

Like most waterfowl hunters , you've probably wondered why duck numbers seem to fluctuate from year to year. In this video, Dr. Frank Rohwer, president and chief scientist at Delta Waterfowl , explains why events on the breeding grounds really drive annual duck populations. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl...


Sea Ducks I Won’t Forget ... and a Few Mergansers, Too

Now that I’ve covered my favorite memories about common dabbling and diving ducks in my previous two blogs, it seems appropriate to reminisce about sea ducks and, yes, even mergansers. I’ll never claim to know much about sea ducks, as I’ve only taken a few dozen. Mergies? I’ll plead guilty...


Diver Ducks I’ll Never Forget

Last week, I reminisced about my favorite encounters with common puddle ducks. But seeing as I’m a big-water diver geek, I probably have more memories involving diving ducks . Here are my favorites. Greater Scaup As young hunters, my buddies and I would often look at the bluebills we had...


Puddle Duck Hunts I’ll Never Forget

When duck hunters discuss certain species, the conversation inevitably turns to hunts for those ducks. It’s not enough to mention that you prefer mallards. Someone will say, “Remember when all those greenheads piled into the creek and we hit them just right?” That sentiment struck me recently as I pored...


Delta Waterfowl March 2020 Migration Report

Snows and blues are in full spring migration mode , and the pros at Delta Waterfowl are monitoring hotspots across the country. Pack your white spreads and get out there. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Five Proven Duck Decoy Rigs

Eight dozen of the best bluebill decoys rigged with 5-foot lines and egg sinkers do little good in the deep, rough waters of the Great Lakes. Likewise, superb mallard blocks with 25-foot lines look ridiculous in a shallow South Dakota pothole. If you’re like me, you probably hunt various types...


Duck Hunting Rituals and Superstitions

Most duck hunters aren’t also professional athletes, but many of us share a trait with Major League ball players: We have distinct pre-game rituals and crazy superstitions. I’m not talking about four-leafed clovers and a fear of black cats. We have some seriously weird rites and traditional beliefs that we...


Run it to the Plug

Duck and goose hunters often joke about “running it to the plug,” which means shooting until the gun is empty. We all do it now and then. The expression itself embraces the wild, carefree aura of the sport . But in practice, emptying your gun can have positive and negative...


Big-Water Wood Ducks, Dry Field Divers and More

Waterfowl hunting provides unmatched variety. A cornfield hunt might yield a mix of dark geese, light geese and mallards. One small prairie slough could produce a several-man limit comprised of 10 or more species. But sometimes, we encounter ducks that we don’t expect. In extreme examples, we might be shocked...


Success Secrets from 4 Great Public Hunts

Duck hunters can find great opportunities on public land from coast to coast. But they can also experience crowded, frustrating and futile hunts in those spots. Standard approaches won’t always work on public ground. Success often hinges on the details that many hunters overlook or strategies they refuse to embrace...


3 Goose Hunts that Broke the Rules

Honkers can get under my skin any year, but this past season in particular, I encountered several flocks of geese that spiked my blood pressure and elicited creative vocabulary. But I managed to outmaneuver them in the end. Here’s a look the types of problem geese I encountered and how...


5 Shots Every Duck Hunter Needs to Learn

When the season ends, most duck hunters clean and store their shotguns and don’t pick them up again until the fall. We should do the opposite, and use the free time granted in the off-season to shoot more and stay sharp. This year, try combining several challenging wingshooting activities —...


Delta Waterfowl February 2020 Migration Update

Duck seasons have closed, but spring snow goose action beckons. The experts at Delta Waterfowl let you know where the action is heating up. (Spoiler alert: Prospects look good from coast to coast.) Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


My Duck Dog Reviews the Season

There he goes with the shotgun. It’s time, it’s time — oh. He’s not loading our duck gear; just cleaning his pheasant gun. Yawn. I knew I got up for nothing. Well, that’s OK. Back to my chair. I figured duck season was finished a few weeks ago when he...


Battling the Post-Duck-Season Blues at Honey Brake

Sunrises anywhere promise great things. But when that brilliant orange orb lights up 250-plus decoys on a sprawling Louisiana marsh, the expectations are especially sweet. “One minute,” David Cahill said, readying his guide charges for the day. “Go ahead and load up.” And with that, our January delta adventure began...


Plan B Options to Save Your Duck and Goose Hunts

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared on May 18, 2017, on Realtree.com. Every duck and goose hunter remembers with pride those great mornings when a well-executed plan came together. Of course, we also recall with regret those equally memorable days when our plans crashed and burned. It happens. But even...


Six Things to do Before Duck Season Ends

The calendar betrays us. Sure, a few duck seasons remain in full swing, but February beckons, and the end is near. So don’t just play out the clock this year. Make the final days of your duck season memorable by trying new things. Getting out of your comfort zone might...


20 Duck Hunting Wishes for the New Year

A new year is upon us, bringing fresh hope and the promise of better days. And as many duck hunters finish their campaigns and slip into the off-season, I think it’s fitting to reflect on another year and look forward to the next one. Here’s what I’m wishing for in...


Delta Waterfowl January 2020 Migration Update

The final few weeks of duck season are here, and birds are on the move. The experts at Delta Waterfowl are keeping close tabs on waterfowl movements and have some good advice on where you can cash in. Here's the scoop. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And...


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